Friday, November 28, 2014

WBI: Voldemort

No creativity points today, I’m afraid, but hey, he’s a villain. Even if you’ve never read the Harry Potter series, I’m sure you’ve heard of J.K. Rowling’s Voldemort, and now we’re going to have a little talk about what makes him work… or not.

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Tom Riddle, a Slytherin half-blood, rejected his muggle father’s blood at a young age and never looked back. Chief among his beliefs was the need for a purge, returning to a purer age where wizarding families were untainted by muggle blood. In the eighties, he was successful at gaining followers in his movement, known as “Death Eaters,” but was reduced to almost nothing when a muggle-born woman sacrificed herself for her son. Riddle, now using the name “Voldemort,” spent the next two decades working to destroy the same boy, Harry Potter, but was eventually overpowered by the forces of love.

WBI Profile

Classification :: A128!#@
Role :: Alpha (villainous and idealistic leader)
Motivation :: evil (consciously inflicting hate), idealism (seeking a better wizarding world), power/influence (gaining the authority to cast out muggle-borns, etc.)
Bonus :: Superpower (magic), minions (Death Eaters), name (Voldemort)

A Study

evil incarnate—Voldemort represents everything that goes against love; he seeks his own goals only and feels no remorse as long as he gets what he wants.

historical reference—Voldemort resembles Adolf Hitler, sort of, with his ideas of creating a better “race” and enslaving those he considers “less;” he is also not of the “race” he intends to elevate.

striking appearance—book and movie, Voldemort has a characteristic fa├žade with which none can compare.

symbolic reference—he doesn’t have a nose, like a snake, and gee, have I read about another snake in the Bible who contributed to the fall of Man?

few redeeming features—we’re not supposed to pity Voldemort.

strong—he’s strong in mind, body, and magic, which means that he is an exceptionally formidable opponent for a child like Harry.

smart—he was a brilliant student, inquisitive, Head Boy; he knew how to tickle a textbook and the teachers besides.

good speaker—one of Ralph Fiennes’ great contributions was lending Voldemort a voice; he’s evil, but enticing.

semi- sympathetic ideals—it’s not that we want everyone else dead, but for a group of people accustomed to hiding themselves and being different, turning the tables on the rest of the world is piquing.

immortality plan—Voldemort splits his soul into eight or nine pieces, eventually, making him almost impossible to kill.

shadow—by keeping himself hidden, Voldemort gave himself time to regroup and even made Harry appear crazy; he knew his game was best played when no one believed he existed.

fearsome—people are afraid to talk about this person out loud: his memory alone still frightens people.

dangerous—as much as he might “hate to do it,” Voldemort will kill whoever he must to make a point and to get where he wants to go.

classy-ish—one of the definite points that marks him out as an Alpha is his sense of propriety. He insists Harry bow during their duel in the fourth book, for example, and holds Hogwarts school in high regard.

memorable—hang out on the Internet for a while: you’ll find him.

Big Idea

  • not all Alphas are awesome—as you’ll later find out, I have a romantic interpretation of Alphas, but the fact is that a category can be filled by any number of personalities
  • fear doesn’t equate respect—more often than not, we spend a lot of time making fun of Voldemort; he’s scary, but he’s not the kind of villain we’ll dislike but somehow respect
  • smart villains are terrifying—the thing about Voldemort was that he had the skill and the problem-solving skills to really threaten the wizarding community as a whole: he knew what he was doing, which means that up until the very end there wasn’t a mistake Harry could capitalize on, and our hero had to truly sacrifice himself
  • anything can happen with a good leader—in general, we don’t like the idea of mass murder or genocide, but this guy was able to orchestrate it so that there was only a small resistance to his heinous, seriously-evil-in-a-bad-way crimes

I’m not Voldemort’s biggest fan, but at least he admits when he screws up: “I miscalculated, my friends, I admit it. My curse was deflected by the woman's foolish sacrifice, and it rebounded upon myself. Aaah ... pain beyond pain, my friends; nothing could have prepared me for it. I was ripped from my body, I was less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost ... but still, I was alive. What I was, even I do not know ... I, who have gone further than anybody along the path that leads to immortality. You know my goal – to conquer death. And now, I was tested, and it appeared that one or more of my experiments worked ... for I had not been killed, though the curse should have done it. Nevertheless, I was as powerless as the weakest creature alive...”

What do you think about Voldemort? Have you ever written or read about another character of pure evil? How does s/he compare?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Flickr Credit: Mr. TinDC
I’m thankful for books.

I’m thankful for dreams.

I’m thankful for opportunities, and the choice to accept or reject them as I will.

I’m thankful for my family.

I’m thankful for my friends.

I’m thankful to be part of a blogging community, however recently it may have been discovered.

I’m thankful for words.

I’m thankful for songs.

I’m thankful for writing, the chance to put my thoughts on the page and the chance to make those words better and better so that someday they achieve significance, so that they mean the same feelings that pulse through my ivory veins.

I’m thankful for geese, even though I don’t chase them anymore.

I’m thankful for notebooks, and different colored pens to fill them with.

I’m thankful for the smell of pumpkin brownies, and chocolate chips, and snow.

I’m thankful for the catharsis of a shower.

I’m thankful for my home, and everything in it, even the occasional spider. They give me a chance to be brave.

I’m thankful for a school that teaches me, and nourishes me, and also gives me an opportunity to get away sometimes.

I’m thankful for a library.

I’m thankful for quesadillas.

I’m thankful for a God that loves me, cherishes me, and gives me the strength to see tomorrow through. I’m thankful for his mercy, and his forgiveness, and his sense of humor.

And most of all, I’m thankful that He is enough.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Three Tags and a Blogaversary

During my Fan Week, I had the fortune to be nominated by the lovelies Rachel and Wild Horse for a grand total of three blog awards.

Also, today is my one year blogaversary. And I’m proud of that, because a year ago I was dubious I’d manage a week, much less fifty-two. (To be fair, I did take a break in May, but I actually started it up again. Good for me.)

I’m using these awards to highlight some of my favorite posts of the year, and one of the awards in particular stands out to me as appropriate for today, but I’ll leave that until last—just for the fun of it.

with thanks to Wild Horse

The Rules:
Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
List the rules and display the award.
Add 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 other bloggers.
Follow on blogger the person who nominated you

Seven Facts About Heather
  1. I love Disney films :: my sister got into the ensemble for our school’s production of Beauty and the Beast and I have more of it memorized than she does
  2. I watch lots of movies :: this year’s record is August; I watched 26
  3. I did not like The Hunger Games :: I really enjoyed the first book, but I got so bored (twice, in the same place) I couldn’t finish the trilogy
  4. My favorite musical is Fiddler on the Roof :: for all my trends and obsessions, I keep coming back to this one
  5. H.I.V.E is my favorite series :: you have no idea how emotionally attached I am to this series
  6. I want to be a writer :: perhaps a fool’s dream, but I can’t imagine doing anything else right now, except for working in small shops and department stores to pay the bills
  7. I had a pet dead snake named Ferdinand :: my mom threw him away, and I will always regret that

with thanks to Rachel W
The Rules:
You must make a post to show your award on your main blog.
You must tag the person who nominated you in your post.
You must nominate all of your best buddies, and those whom you want to become best buddies with, who, to your knowledge, have not been nominated for this award.
You must ask your buddies at least 15 questions in your post.
You must answer all of the questions your buddies ask you on your post.

Rachel’s Questions

1. What is your favorite book from your childhood?
I have a lot of favorite kid’s books, but by extension if I didn’t read Have a Hot Time, Hades! by Kate McMullen I wouldn’t have met several of my best friends.

2. What is your method for keeping track of your writing ideas? (e.g., I have mine all categorized in a three-ring binder.)
I usually write ideas in a mess on one Word document and then try to find them again later… I use sticky notes—oh, I actually have a three-pane board I use for plotlines in my room.

3. Have you ever participated in any writing contests (e.g. Nanowrimo, 100/100), and how did you do?
I did Nanowrimo in eighth grade and wrote a 35,000 word manuscript (I think?) which I am ashamed of now, and have not participated in Nano since. I am currently doing Go Teen Writers’ 100/100 activity, which I’ve talked about before.

4. Tea or coffee (or hot chocolate)?
teaearlgreyhot. I’ll take an herbal blend or green, if not, but I started drinking tea because of Star Trek, so teaearlgreyhot is what I’d prefer.

5. Have you ever traveled outside your country? Where?
This summer my dad took me the Spain on my first international trip. We went to Madrid and Barcelona, and it was fantastic getting a chance to enjoy the experience of being somewhere else and learning how much fun it was to come home. (You can always reread my recap for more info.)

6. How long have you been blogging? Is this your first blog?
I’ve been blogging a year today! And no, this is my second blog, if we don’t count the blog I made for a science project. Otherwise, third. Wandering in a Blur is fourth.

7. Where do you usually do most of your writing?
When I’m in between projects I like to write in a notebook in my room, otherwise I write almost exclusively at the computer here in the home office.

8. Of all the characters you've ever written, who is your favorite and why?
I don’t know. I don’t exactly have strong emotional connections with my own characters, and I assume that’s a shortcoming of my own writing. *shrugs*

9. Do you have any pets? Do you want any?
Other than Ferdinand, no, I have not had pets. No, I do not want pets.

10. What do you do when you're not writing?
Blog, go on Pinterest, do homework, go on Facebook, chat, read, sleep. Eat. Watch movies. Do homework (more).

11. Do you ever get writing inspiration from TV shows/movies?
Absolutely. I don’t have an example of a character or anything, but I will say this—if I go more than a week without watching a movie I find myself completely drained of my writing ability and I sort of go kabonk. So movies revitalize my writing life, and the very least.

12. Horror or thrillers, or neither of them, ever?
I don’t mind the occasional thriller. J

13. Was there ever a time you thought the movie was actually better than the book?
Um, How to Train Your Dragon is one example. That’s all I can think of right now.

14. What is your favorite holiday/special occasion and why?
I really do like Christmas. It’s kind of a sparkly time of the year. And within my community, we have extra opportunity to be nice to one another.

15. Would you rather BE a dragon, or HAVE a dragon?
I am reading Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance right now and I would really rather have a dragon because I like me the way I am, and I am really more of a velociraptor or a praying mantis than a dragon.

And now, these age-old questions; Which is better: Pirates or ninjas? Ninjas or Jedi? And why?
They go in this order: Jedi :: Pirates :: Ninjas. It’s hard to explain why but I feel like in terms of the movies I have watched and the feelings I maintain about moral ambiguity I believe that this is the perfect order in which ambiguity can be created. I hope that makes sense…

And, my fifteen questions:

Who is your favorite author?
If you could meet three people (dead, alive, fictional, etc.) who would you meet?
Have you ever written a book?
What are your top five favorite blogs?
Would you rather read an eBook or a paper book?
Do you spend more time reading or writing?
Has a book ever made you cry?
Have you ever read a book in another language (other than your mother tongue)?
What is your least favorite fairy tale?
Have you ever broken a bone?
Do you see yourself blogging in the future?
Who used to read you books when you were little?
Do you belong to any fandoms?
How many books are you reading right now? What are they?
To whom do you recommend your favorite books?

with thanks to Wild Horse

The Rules:
  Thank the person who nominated you.
Leave a link to their page.
Give a brief story about how you started blogging, and share some tips.
Nominate 15 other bloggers
Notify your nominees by email or comment

Here’s the fun part, I suppose. How, a year ago today, this place came to be.
I was torn. On the one hand, I had been introduced to blogs like Writing Forward and An Infinite Mind, the latter of which I was especially jealous. In June 2013 I was especially antsy, surreptitiously asking whether it was worth it, whether I should, whether I shouldn’t.
So I pestered a friend of mine, ILikeSpoons. She started her own blog, and I continued to hesitate. “I’ll just write blog posts in a notebook every day,” I said. Because I wanted the practice. And if a writer needs anything, it’s practice.
And I wanted to and I didn’t. There’s a lot of pressure for writers to blog. If you aren’t a blogger than you’re not a writer, some say. You need to build a platform, you need to share your ideas, you need to learn to be consistent and you need to need to need to blog.
So I did. It was called Stuck Inside My Head, and I had a grand total of five posts before I gave up. Huge chunks of words, little voice, no apparent theme. I did nothing to advertise, nothing to reach out to other bloggers, and nothing to improve my style. I was alone. And so I gave up. Blog deleted. The end.
Fast forward to November. 
I was still really, really, really plagued with this idea of blogging. That it was a good idea, that I could gain an audience, that it was worth it, that I should. I relied on ILikeSpoons a lot—I’ve bugged her more than she deserves for failing to act on my dreams.
I ran into a new blog: Go Teen Writers. I was really impressed with the style, I found it helpful for my writing needs, and there was a Facebook group. I joined. And I have to admit, I was MISERABLE. I’m here with a pathetic writing life who is just trying to figure out who she is and what she wants and I’m surrounded by a bunch of thirteen-year-olds who have written seventeen manuscripts and are getting book deals and people who are self-publishing and blogging and being famous and I’m just sitting there like, @#$%&!.
It took me a long time to realize that most of the people on that group are just starting out, too.
Blogging kept bugging me. And I was like, screw it. Fine. I’ll do it. And I did.
It kind of sucked. It took eight months for me to get a comment from someone I hadn’t asked to do so. As I said last week, successful blogging really depends on a reciprocal relationship—and I was blogging alone. 
It was still miserable, and worse, blogging felt like a waste of time.
Which is why May is a postless month.
Fortunately, I signed up for the August Teens Can Write Too! Blog Chain this year… I think that’s where I started realizing the importance of community. I was so excited to not only have people look at my stuff but to see other people doing the exact same thing. Discussion. Words. Thoughts. It’s one of the things that kept me going.
I hobble along still. I honestly hate sharing my own work. I haven’t told my parents I blog—there’s nothing on here I’d be uncomfortable with them reading, I would just feel embarrassed drawing attention to myself.
And I’m still figuring it out. It’s hard. Sometimes it’s miserable, sometimes it’s fun. But I need the practice, and so I practice.

(Now, do keep in mind that I don’t hate blogging. If I’m completely miserable then I will stop doing something. But, I also think it’s important to remember that sometimes “fun” things are hard, and I didn’t realize how much work a blog takes to really take off. I like this place! But remember, these posts don’t show up magically. And that makes a year’s worth of this stuff a marvel in itself.)
If you want to try your hand at blogging, remember a few things: unless you reach out, no one will reach back; quit for good reasons, not emotional ones; if you want to blog, just start the dang blog and be done with it; find out what are realistic expectations for yourself, and then challenge yourself a notch above. And no matter what, remember that even things people do “for fun” require skill, persistence, and struggles—which is a liberating thought, since there are very few things I find fun 100% of the time.

I am by no means a sage, but that’s what I’ve got.

That was long, and it’s about to get longer, due to nominees. I don’t think I know fifteen bloggers, and I may have to tag the people who tagged me to get a decent number, but here are a few of the coolest folks I know. I don’t think everyone here has been tagged for all three, so pick and choose, do what you want. I dare you.

  1. Mariella
  2. Wild Horse
  3. Rachel
  4. Imogen Elvis
  5. R.R.
  6. Alyssa
  7. Lily
  8. Stephanie
  9. Aimee

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Week Off: What I Learned from Being a Fan


Merry Saturday, my good readers, and welcome back: Sometimes I’m a Story is back in business!

As you may remember from my last post, I’ve been out this last week, taking a break and focusing on being a fan more than a writer. I’ve got to say, it was a GREAT idea, and I am very, very, very glad I did it.

I’d like to share some of my experiences with you, if you don’t mind—if you’ve been following on Facebook you know I’ve run into some pretty cool blogs during my travels. But I didn’t exactly share what all happened.

So, without further ado, read my things.

  1. I must read every blog post I run into
  2. I must comment on every blog post I read (if I haven’t already)
  3. I must click on every link that leads to another blog post (videos, book sites, and other websites exempt)
  4. I must comment on the blogs of every person who leaves a comment on MY blog, regardless of whether they leave a link or not (I kind of forgot about this one so I’ll have to do apology comments later… oops)
  5. I must post at least 3 particularly useful or interesting posts on the Facebook page daily
  6. I must put all the links on Pinterest

On the first day I came up with a number of guidelines, and I was to follow them. They’ve morphed a little, but this is the gist of what I had to do—if you got a comment from me over the last week, you can be sure that I actually read your post and left my comment for a reason.

Likewise, I had a spreadsheet to keep of everything I read over the coming days. Every day I recorded where I had been, a little snippet to help me remember what was in the blog post, whether I had commented, and whether I had shared it. I also kept a sheet open for a reading list (for the days when I was crunched for time), as well as other notes and blogs I might be interested in following.

And, lastly, I set up a Pinterest board (look to your right) where I would put every blog post I read. I know it’s not the best platform, but the folder method works best for me. I’ll leave it up through Sunday night, in case you want to take a look.

Things I Learned
  • there is an insane amount of social media a body can use—the more you have, the greater a likelihood you will connect with someone
  • it’s okay to not comment, especially if you don’t have anything to say or you don’t think you would be welcomed there
  • a writing voice will either draw readers in or push them away—especially condescending voices
  • there is not a lot of blogging that happens on Sundays
  • spending a lot of time with people, even digitally, can be exhausting
  • blogging stories (‘how I started blogging’) are really, really cool
  • a blog post shared at the right time can change a person’s situation
    • (i.e. Imogen Elvis sharing a post that inspired me to write almost 2,000 words instead of giving up at 300)
  • I don’t know how to use Twitter and there’s a possibility I should use Bloglovin’
  • I love Pinterest
  • It’s excellent to have a blog to come home to, rather than ending this week with mere exhuastion 

Things You Can Do as a Blogger
  • write blog posts, so you can start connecting
  • connect with other bloggers—especially if it’s just a hobby, then one benefit of this work is to spend time with like-minded individuals
  • linkup with other bloggers, and if you linkup, then take the time to look at those who are linking up as well
    • I have found a good handful of blogs I’m interested in now because of linkups
  • promote other bloggers (and not just so that they’ll promote you back)
  • make your own posts easy to share, and be sure to have a suitable picture of yourself or a logo in your sidebar, in case the post pictures don’t come through
    • also, posts with pictures are more fun to look at
  • be yourself, tell stories, and share what you know
  • remember you never know who needs to hear what you have to say

Things You Can Do as a Reader
  • keep your hand OFF the mouse while you’re reading—actually take the time to engage in what you’re reading
  • if you’re going to say thank you, which I don’t have a problem with, be really specific about why you’re grateful
    • “thanks for sharing!” isn’t nearly as personal as “Using underwear as hats never occurred to me before. Thanks for giving me a new perspective on style!”
  • return to comments; you may be able to have a really great conversation!
  • share blog posts you loved with your friends
  • read posts in the right mindset—if there’s something else that’s bugging you to the point where you can’t even focus on the thing you’re reading, then save it for later and come back when you can leave sincere comments again
  • challenge yourself, hunt down the occasional odd post
  • remember you never know who needs to hear that you care 
Flickr Credit: United Nations Photo
Ultimately, on a blog we have the same kind of roles: writers and readers. And there’s a delicate balance between the two, even within one person. But the writer says something, and that’s why they post it. The reader gets something out of it, and that’s why they comment.

Which is pretty much discussion.

Both roles matter on a good blog: I’ve noticed that some of the best bloggers consistently reply to their commenters, go the extra mile to approach their readers, and even go so far as to write posts with their readers in mind. And the best readers are there to respond, give feedback, and to be the writer’s biggest fans.

Fancy that.

Other Things That Happened
  • I reached the halfway mark in the superhero novel I’m currently working on (50,000 words on Friday :) )
  • I’ve been reading a manuscript from a girl in my GTW critique group
  • I paid some attention to Wandering in a Blur
  • I watched Meet the Robinsons
  • I thought about stuff… and with that will come some changes 

SIAS Impact
  • I’ve realized that I don’t want SIAS to be a book blog, per se, but rather a story blog, which means I’m probably not going to post Thursentaries as often
  • I really kind of want to do an ‘Ask a Character’ post, because those look fun (chimeras, maybe?)
  • Reading people’s blogging stories is kind of awesome, and always gets me—it might be cool to get a collection of the reasons people blog and how they got here
    • not sure how much interest level there would be in that
  • I think I might want to do more book analysis than review, because that’s what I usually fangirl about
    • again, not sure how much interest there would be in that sort of thing
  • there’s a lot of material out there, and once again, I feel like I’m grasping at the threads of a possible idea
    • but the balance between what is interesting and what I am good at writing again eludes me


So… 200+ blog posts. 7 days. Too many stories to tell. But, if you’re curious to learn more about my adventures you can definitely check out my spreadsheet and the Facebook page, and ask me questions because blogging is indeed about conversations.

Oh, and one more thing:

Thank you for reading.

Whether you’re just visiting or you’ve suck around the last several months, this last week has shown me that blogging is infinitely more fun when it’s a reciprocal event. And if you weren’t here, then I’d be reciprocation-less.

So thank you. It's good to be back.

Friday, November 14, 2014

To Be a Fan (Or, Alternately, The Blogger is Out)

Flickr Credit: Neal Sanche

Well hi there. 

I have no idea who you are. Maybe you have no idea who I am. We could be anybody, couldn't we? 

But thus far in the post, I have a fairly good idea of our relationship. I am the writer, and you are the reader. You expect me to be devilishly charming and possibly witty, a very intense narrator who has something to give to you—someone isn't going to waste your five minutes. 

I'd like to change that, just for a week. 

I don't feel like an awesome blogger or writer this week. You may remember that I posted Writing Promises, and participated in the Beautiful Books Linkup and Teens Can Write Too! Blog Chain. All three of those things were closely linked to other blogs, and it's given me a chance to read a lot of other blogs. It's fun, but it also sparks thoughts in the brain that look something like this:

Wow. You have no writing voice.
You realize that this person has a billion followers and you have what? Six? That is literally 999,999,994 more followers than you have. Fail-ure.
Did you ever think that your blog has no focus and maybe that's why it's so hard to read?
Everyone else has Bloglovin. And Twitter. And this other platform you've never heard of, but I'm sure that's why they are better than you.
The problem with your blog is that you use Blogger instead of Wordpress, which isn't something respectable at the best of times. 
Too bad you can't polish a manuscript like other writers.
Clearly, everyone else has better ideas than you. 
Get it together already—you're being stupid. 

And these are not my favorite thoughts to have. In fact, they are some of my least favorite thoughts, and they don't make blogging enjoyable at all. 

So I'm taking the week off for blogging. Or, I can at least promise I'll be back by the 25th, because no matter how unfun I'm feeling today it seems like a first Blogaversary would be a sorry thing to miss. 

Here's what I am going to do: 
  • Keep reading and commenting on blogs
  • Think about where I'm at as a blogger and as a writer
  • Write a post or two for Wandering in a Blur, because that place has been seriously neglected by yours truly
  • Not feel guilty that I'm not blogging
  • Read other blogs as a reader—I will be there only because I want to be there, and not because I have misguided hopes of gaining followers or to make a good impression
  • Work on my WIPs
  • Be a fan
The last one sounds a little weird, but it ties in with the rest, I think. What I know is this: blogging is kind of pointless without other people to read it. You blog to be helpful, to share who you are and what you have to say in a semi-coherent way. 

And sometimes it's easy to forget that. "I'M the writer, so the blog is about ME and people write because they want read what I wrote and comment on MY ideas." 

So this week, I'm not going to be the blogger. I have no reason to be anywhere but for my own pleasure, and for my own chance to enter discussions and learn more about my craft. For a week, it's going to be about other blogs, learning what they have to say, what secrets they might hold in their midst. What makes them awesome, what makes them shine. 

And then it's going to be about showing that I care. That I didn't just scroll down to the bottom and write sweet nothings in their comment box, that I didn't just look at the GIFs and ignore the words, that I actually read the stuff they wrote. That I am a reader, and I'm not there for attention. 

Call me an explorer. Call me crazy. 

Whatever I am, the general point of this post is a thing I already said: NO POSTS THIS WEEK. 

Hopefully, they'll only be better when I get back. 

In the meantime, if you have anything you think I should take a look at—anything I should try being a fan of—share it with me in the comments or on Facebook! I can't promise I'll fawn over whatever it is you share with me, but I can promise I'll give it a chance. 

(And, as a bonus, I'm going to promote the things I am giving reader-ship to on the Facebook page, so if you follow that you'll still have plenty of interesting things to read.)

Adieu, and hasta la vista! 

So, do you know of anything awesome I should take a look at this week? Feel free to share it with me in the comments so I can check it out!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

TCWT November Blog Chain: Anti/thesis

I don't really want to ruin the intro with a lot of talk. This time for the Teens Can Write Too! Blog Chain, it's about about the pictures, not the words. So, here's the prompt, and here's what I have come up with.

Use pictures and individual words to show what, to you, is the essence of being a teenager. 


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Worth It

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And... Yup. I'm not in an explaining myself mood, but that's what I've got.

If you are in the blog chain... Be sure to drop a link so I can make sure to check out your post for this month!

If you aren't in the blog chain... What images remind you most of growing up? Do any words, phrases, or quotes come to mind? And, be sure to check out everyone else in the blog chain for their awesome posts as well!

November 2014 blog chain prompt/schedule:
Prompt: Use pictures and individual words to show what, to you, is the essence of being a teenager.” 
24th – (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)